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Euferzine

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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Excuse Me, But I Have Something to Say

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Euferzine is a musical persona used by singer-songwriter Denise Reagan to pay homage to her grandmother and the mountain music of the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. The project is titled Excuse Me But I Have Something to Say. It includes mountain music and Americana songs. The project was recorded to commemorate turning 50 and realizing that she had something to say that was important and noteworthy.

The instrumentation is sparse but the talent is not.
• Dennis Crouch played bass and provided the groove. He is regarded as one of the top bass players in the world and recently toured with Diana Krall. He is one of the founders of The Time Jumpers, a popular Western swing band on Rounder Records.

• Jon Conley, who played guitar and resonator, plays guitar with Kenny Chesney. He has worked with Denise over the last several years to refine her sound and bring her songs to life. This project would not have happened without his help and encouragement.

• Grammy winner, Glen Duncan is an artist who has played with everyone from Earl Scruggs to Reba McEntire. His artistic personality shines throughout this project on fiddle, mandolin and the spookiest banjo this side of Deliverance.

• David Henry, who played cello and viola, has played with everyone from Taylor Swift to Def Leppard. His cello work is tender and haunting.

• Larry Hall has played with Restless Heart and Russ Taff. He played achingly beautiful keys on the only piano song on this project.

The songs began as ‘rough tracks’ of songs Denise was submitting to some songwriting contests. She worked with Jon Conley for a few years and they chose some songs that stood out from the rest, but they were not typical Nashville hit-country songs.

Those guitar/vocal demos blossomed into masters because she didn’t think anyone else in Nashville would take the risk of recording them. For example, two of the songs are written from the victim’s perspective in an abusive relationship. The opening song on the project is a bluesy Appalachian song and the closing one is reminiscent of a Carter Family tune. Her music is not confined to genres and she doesn’t want it to be.

Late in the process, she decided to name the project after her grandmother, Euferzine. She was a mountain woman who really didn’t have ‘a say’ in anything. Life took all of her choices away. The songs are not about Euferzine or Denise. These songs are about important things that need to be said. The music is a throwback to music of an earlier time. It is organic mountain soul music.

For more information, go to www.euferzine.com